Why Europe Is Afraid of The New Silk Roads

It came out as a sort of minor scandal – considering the ’24/7 post-truth news cycle.’ Of the 28 EU ambassadors in Beijing, 27, with the exception of Hungary’s, signed an internal report criticizing the New Silk Roads as a non-transparent threat to free trade, allegedly favoring unfair competition by Chinese conglomerates. The report was […]

Syria Situation Becomes INVISIBLE – Through Apparent Efforts From Both Presidents Putin and Trump

On April 13th in the USA, and April 14th across much of Europe and Russia, the news media was full of one story and one story alone – the air and missile strikes carried out by the USA, France and Great Britain on selected targets across Syria. One week and two days later, in a […]

House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

For the first time in at least eight years, House appropriators will grill the Pentagon’s top civilian and uniformed leader about their budget request behind closed doors, not in an open hearing. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford will sit before the defense subcommittee on Wednesday […]

Syria Security Chief Refuses To Appear In Lebanon Court

Syrian security services chief Ali Mamluk has refused to appear before a military tribunal in Lebanon to face terror-related charges, a court source told AFP Monday. Mamluk, a member of President Bashar Assad’s inner circle, was accused in 2013 by Lebanon’s government of “attempting to murder politicians and other citizens, and carrying out terrorist acts.” […]

These People Are Selling the CIA’s Internal Board Game to the Public

Last month, a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to the CIA unearthed a trove of documents related to the agency’s in-house board games, used to train agents in intelligence gathering and other clandestine activities. The documents included detailed rulebooks and pages of cut-out components and cards, and it seemed only a matter of […]

Reality Check: Who Is Going to Control Crypto? – Video

President Trump recently announced a ban on Venezuela’s new national cryptocurrency, the petro. That’s right—Venezuela created its own national crypto, possibly to circumvent U.S. sanctions. But could the petro do more than that, and actually catalyze government-controlled cryptos around the world?

Hamas Accuses Mossad of Assassinating Palestinian Engineer In Malaysia

Militants in the Gaza Strip have accused Israel of assassinating a Palestinian engineer based in Malaysia, who was shot dead on Saturday by unknown assailants riding motorcycles. The victim has been identified as Dr. Fadi M. al-Batsh, 35, from the town of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave controlled by the militant group […]

US Building Huge Drone Base In Niger

The US military has started construction for a huge military base in the African country of Niger, which officials say will be used for airstrikes and intelligence operations by unmanned aircraft in West Africa. US Air Force personnel have been constructing hangars and runways for drones in central Niger for some time now, The Associated […]

Airwars Monthly Assessment: March 2018

Civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta continued to face a horrifying ordeal during March, as Russia and the regime pounded the rebel-held enclave. By March 31st, the regime had declared victory in the Damascus suburb, at terrible cost to vulnerable residents. Airwars tracked 250 casualty events in Syria during March attributed to Moscow’s actions, with more […]

109 Military Leaders Protest Gina Haspel’s Nomination As CIA Director

Before the confirmation process for Gina Haspel gets underway, 109 retired military officers representing the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard — including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Henry Hugh Shelton — signed a letter expressing concern over her nomination as CIA director. A key quote: […]

Senate Proposal To Constrain Trump’s War Making Would Actually Expand Perpetual War – Editorial

A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the “war on terrorism” to additional countries and broaden a list of “associated forces” that are […]

Facebook Has Hosted Stolen Identities and Social Security Numbers for Years

Cybercriminals have posted sensitive personal information, such as credit card and social security numbers, of dozens of people on Facebook and have advertised entire databases of private information on the social platform. Some of these posts have been left up on Facebook for years, and the internet giant only acted on these posts after we […]

Delhi Refuses To Back Beijing Over Belt And Road Project

India refused to extend support to China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at a foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Tuesday. The refusal precedes a trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build infrastructure to […]

Is Israel-Iran Clash Imminent? – Editorial

Senior members of the Israeli security establishment are predicting that the month of May will be one of the most volatile periods in the current era. Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yadlin, the former head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence Directorate, said in an interview published April 22, “I have not seen a […]

National Security Adviser: Who Is John Bolton?

John Robert Bolton, who in the George W. Bush administration was recess-appointed to be ambassador to the United Nations, but more recently has been a Fox News commentator, took over April 9, 2018, as President Donald J. Trump’s third national security adviser. The position does not require Senate confirmation. Bolton has described himself as a […]